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For What’s New in PMBOK Sixth Edition – Part 1 Click Here

In this update, we study the new features in the second and third sections / chapters of PMBOK

Section II: The environment in which projects operate

This section is simplified with respect to the following elements:

  • The stakeholders part has been removed and merged with the knowledge area “ Project Stakeholder Management”
  • Project Lifecycle is removed and added to the first chapter
  • Rest of the content is organized in to the following sub sections :
    • Overview
    • Enterprise environmental factors
    • Organizational process assets
    • Organizational systems
  • The Organizational systems brought in the three sub categories and Organizational structures types have been enhanced


Organizational Structures


As per the new standard we have the flexibility of multiple structures based on the project type, complexity and environment in which project is done.

Section III: The role of the project manager


This section is new that brings out the project manager’s roles, responsibilities, spheres of influence, competencies etc in a detailed way. The chapter is built around the talent triangle of PMI

Technical project management:

Knowledge, skills and behaviours related to specific domains of Project, Program and Portfolio Management are part of this domain.


Knowledge, skills and behaviours specific to leadership-oriented, cross-cutting activities that help an organization achieve its business goals.

Strategic and business management:

Knowledge of and expertise in the industry or organization that enhances performance and better delivers business outcomes.

Any certified PMP should earn 8 PDUs per cycle in each of the above categories. The remaining 16 PDUs can be earned from any category

The learning elements/subject items within each domain are briefly presented in the below picture


Integration Responsibilities of Project Manager

Yet another area the Project Manager’s role is around integration. PMBOK speaks integration in the following levels:

  • Performing integration at the process level
  • Performing integration at cognitive level and
  • Integration at the context level

For more details refer to the PMBOK. As a PMI member, You can download the “read only” copy from  www.pmi.org

From next week we go in to the individual knowledge areas. Stay tuned!

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